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WEEK 2 NCAAFB

By Brian Edwards
Posted 09/12/2009 at 03:05 PM

3:00: Another typical Fresno-Wisconsin nail-biter in Madison. This time around, Kevin Goessling buries the tying field goal with 20 ticks left. Headed to OT tied at 24-24...

Of course, Goessling hooked a "chippie" that would've tied last year's game at crunch time, prompting bettors such as myself to rip up Fresno tickets (+2) in a 13-10 home loss to the Badgers.

Assuming we don't see an "Arizona State" get pulled (ASU, to my knowledge, is the only team to win a college football game that went to overtime by 13 when the Sun Devils scored a TD and then got a pick-six in a game about 7-8 years back; can't go look while up blogging so please forgive not knowing the foe), Fresno will cash tickets for its backers as an eight-point 'dog. Actually, I guess Wisconsin could win by eight in multiple OTs and that would cause a push. I'm not on this game (Fresno was my lean as stated on Thursday's Power Hours), so that's why I'm not concerned about jinxing it.

Gators rolling over Troy. Brandon James gets yet ANOTHER special-teams touchdown called back. If not for penalties, he'd have over a dozen career special-teams TDs. Gators currently lead by a 49-6 count early in the fourth quarter. Therefore, it's still tight for our purposes. UF closed as a 37-point 'chalk' at most spots and plays on the total (61) could still go either way.

3:15: The extra session at Camp Randall is going Wisky's way so far. The Badgers get a TD and then Fresno gets a delay of game (what??) on its first play. Then a dropped ball inside the five. Woops, big third-down conversion for the Bulldogs and now first and goal.

Wake rallies to beat Stanford by a 24-17 count and gets a rare spread cover from the 'chalk' role. PISSED I didn't take Syracuse as a 28 1/2-point 'dog at Penn St. like I was thinking, but inexplicably didn't pull the trigger. PSU wins, 28-7, but fails to hook up its backers. The 'Cuse is now 2-0 ATS and has clearly improved from the debacle of a program it became in four seasons under Greg Robinson.

3:30: Fresno eventually scored to tie the game at 31-31 but on the first play of double OT, Wisconsin intercepted a pass in the end zone. Then after a first down, the Badgers win on a chip-shot field goal by a 34-31 score. Wisky fails to cover, however.

UNC rallied to win 12-10 at UConn, but the Huskies cover the number as six-point home 'dogs. If I'm Butch Davis, I'm telling my team that "a win is a win" but that team better get better if it wants to be a player in the wide-open-who-the-hell-wants-it ACC.

Great finish in East Lansing -- Central Michigan gets a great bounce on an onside kick to set up a game-winning field goal that missed BUT Michigan St. was offsides. CMU hits the next one to capture a 29-27 triumph as a 14 1/2-point underdog. The Chippewas hook up money-line backers with a monster plus-500 payout (risk $100 to win $500).

3:40: Duke wins 35-19 at Army as a two-point favorite. Northwestern barely avoids an upset by edging Eastern Michigan 27-24 as a double-digit 'chalk.'

4:10: A few quick-hit thoughts before working on my Packers-Bears preview for a bit.

1-BYU leads Tulane 3-0 at end of the first quarter. We'll see how this one goes but every situational factor favored Tulane. I just didn't have the confidence to back Bob Toledo's team after it looked real soft in last week's loss to Tulane. You had BYU in both a letdown (upset win over Oklahoma) and look-ahead (vs. FSU next week) spot laying a big number on the road going west to east.

2-UCLA impressive on first drive. UT had a chance at a pick but blew it.

3-Big Ten looks so soft -- can Ohio St. save the day later? Michigan St. loses outright at home to CMU. Wisconsin barely wins in OT and Northwestern just slips past E. Michigan, 27-24.

4-Gators are nasty!

5-UCLA up 3-0 w/ 10:44 left in the first.

6-Back shortly...

6:40ish: We have a developing story in Stillwater, where Oklahoma St. fell into a flat spot in its game against Houston after beating Georgia last week. The Cougars mean business with the ball and a 38-35 lead as double-digit underdogs.

UCLA has a 19-13 lead at Neyland with eight-plus minutes left in the fourth quarter. Jonathan Crompton had been intercepted three times by the Bruins, who went off as live 11-point road underdogs.

Momentum has seemingly shifted, however, as the Vols are on the move in enemy territory.

7:30: UCLA beats Tennessee 19-15 thanks to a goal-line stand and then another stop in the final minute. What was the deal with the play-calling on UT's goal-to-go plays by Lane Kiffin (I mean Lame Chafin')? Boy, what a creative offensive mind. Four predictable plays get stuffed and the Vols lose.

Memo to Chafin' and the UT faithful: If you think that 'L' tasted bad, you have no idea what next week's pimpslap is going to be like at The Swamp. A few predictions:

1-Gators score 70 -- at least.
2-Tebow scores touchdowns...and lots of 'em.
3-Crompton gets beat up bad and throws at least four picks.
4-Vols score 10 max.

Oklahoma St. goes down at home to Houston. Say hello to the rankings, Cougars. Case Keenum is nasty. Michigan wins a thriller over Notre Dame in come-from-behind fashion. I guess we can take Rich Rodriguez off the hot seat for now. West Va. covers in revenge win over East Carolina.

South Carolina's offense has found life in Athens. The 'Cocks are driving with the game tied at 7-7. Stephen Garcia threw a long touchdown pass but it was called back for an illegal formation.

8:00: The 'under' has been a dynamite money maker in the last decade of the Georgia-South Carolina series, but that looks like it's going to come to an end tonight. The Gamecocks lead 17-14 and the first quarter isn't even over yet. The total closed at 40, while Spurrier's bunch went off as a seven-point 'dog.

BYU ended up covering easily in a 54-3 win at Tulane. FSU is up next for the Cougars. FIU has a second-quarter lead (14-13) at Alabama that reminds me of Week 2 last year when the Tide was coming off its stirring 34-10 win over Clemson. Tulane went into Bryant-Denny Stadium and out-yarded 'Bama but gave up two special-teams TDs and lost 20-6. Nevertheless, the Wave easily covered as a 29 1/2-point 'dog. FIU backers are catching 33 1/2 and feeling good about it early. LSU leads Vandy by a 10-0 count. I'm on the Tigers and the Gamecocks and the Trojans during this night session after losing on the Vols. I feel a 3-1.

Auburn leads Mississippi St., 14-7. Running to get take-out food -- 8 oz. filet minon w/ mashed potatoes and gravy and a vegetable medley. Oh yeah.

9:40ish: UGA is in the red zone with a 31-23 lead over S-Car. early in the third quarter. There's a potential upset brewing at Missouri where the Tigers find themselves down 20-13 to Bowling Green. Ohio St. has a 10-7 lead over USC as the Trojans threaten in the final minute of the second quarter.

The Seminoles actually trailed Jacksonville St. 9-7 in the fourth quarter before rallying for a 19-9 win in Tallahassee.

Great opening second-half drive by Georgia to go ahead 38-23. Why didn't I back Hawaii after discussing on the Power Hours how this would be one of our only chances to fade Washington St. laying single digits? Great question, one that has me fuming. Warriors lead 35-13 in Seattle.

Editor's note: For the rest of Brian's college foootball opinions after Saturday's games were completed, check out his Week 2 Rewind.

Brian Edwards can be reached at briane@vegasinsider.com.

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